11/30/2012 07:50 EST | Updated 01/30/2013 05:12 EST

Canada's Charles Hamelin fastest in qualifying for 500 metres at short track speedskating meet

NAGOYA, Japan - Canada's Charles Hamelin won his 500 metres qualification heat with a time of 42.034 seconds on Friday at a World Cup short-track speedskating meet.

Hamelin, the 2010 Olympic gold medallist , was 0.129 seconds faster than China's Liang Wenhao. Canadian Olivier Jean was third-fastest in 42.643.

China's Wang Meng clocked the fastest time in qualifying for the women's 500 metres with a time of 44.740 seconds. South Korea's Park Seung-hi was second in 44.389 while Canada's Marianne St. Gelais finished third with a time of 44.561.

The Nagoya meet is the third of six ISU World Cup short track events. The final for the men's 500 metres will be held on Sunday.